Artist-in-Residence at The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Japan.
Shigaraki is one of the oldest Japanese ancient kilns and famous for its long ceramics history. It is also a place known for producing teaware for the traditional tea ceremony. Since 1992, the SCCP has opened the Institute of Ceramic Studies for professional ceramic artists from all over the world to the artist-in-residence program. Up to the year of 2016, 1,153 ceramists from 50 countries were hosted.
The concept of Wabi-Sabi is one of the most important Japanese aesthetics. Shigaraki is a place with long ceramics history of Wabi-Sabi Wares. It is also an ideal place for ceramists because of its rich deposits of high-quality ceramic materials. The artist-in-residence program at the SCCP(The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park) provides artists to work in a stimulating creative environment through exchanges with other artists.
This cultural exchange at Shigaraki is significant and advantageous to ceramists because of its supportive environment and unique history of pottery creativity. In Hong Kong, artists don't usually have access to wood firing or special firings(other than electricity). This residency provides an uplifting opportunity for artists to freely utilize the Shigaraki local materials and facilities, to experiment with other possibilities of clay works, and to exchange with other outstanding ceramists from worldwide with distinctive styles.
My plan is to stay at SCCP for 6 months. It allows sufficient time to do both research and studio practice. The phase I of my project plan is to acquire some understanding of the Shigaraki Ceramic Culture and acquaint with the local materials & studio. Then, I will focus on the cultural exchanges with other residence artists and the local skill potters through discussion or/and collaboration in Phase II & III. For studio production, I will explore the possibilities of the Shigaraki local materials and develop artworks with the Anagama wood firing. Lastly, it will be a public sharing of the artworks & researches I have accomplished at Shigaraki through a wrap-up exhibition, a slide lecture, or/and a workshop.
Artist-in-Residence Period: May-Oct, 2018
Venue: The Institute of Ceramic Studies, The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Shiga Pref, Japan.